Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream

This page contains information on the Junior Doctor Training Program – Private Hospital Stream (PHS) for the 2021 cohort.

Page last updated: 06 October 2020

About Junior Doctor Training Program - Private Hospital Stream (PHS)

The PHS is an ongoing program that consolidates and streamlines the former Commonwealth Medical Internship initiative with other Commonwealth investments in private hospital junior doctor training.

PHS is designed to increase national capacity to deliver medical internships and support junior doctors to work in expanded settings, including working rurally to improve access to medical services in rural communities. All doctors participating in the program must complete at least one rural rotation each year.

The PHS funded internships are targeted at full-fee paying international medical graduates of onshore Australian medical schools as all domestic medical graduates are expected to be placed into an internship by states and territories.

The PHS supports private hospitals to employ junior doctors in their postgraduate years (PGY 1, 2 and 3).

From 2020-22, the PHS will support nationally up to 115 internships each year, as well as around 80 places for PGY 2 and 3 junior doctors.

PHS 2021 internship

For PGY 1 funded places, the Department conducts an annual Expression of Interest (EOI) process for eligible applicants to express interest in a PHS funded medical internship place. This EOI process is for PGY1 only.

The PHS EOI process opens annually after most state and territory internship positions have been offered and filled. The table below shows the expected timeline for medical students applying for a PHS 2021 internship.

PHS 2021 internship application timeline

The table below shows the expected timeline for medical students who submitted applications for the PHS 2021 EOI internship before the application closing date 12am (AEST) on Sunday, 4 October 2020.

Activity

Timeframe

PHS 2021 EOI internship applications opened

9am (AEST) on Monday 21 September 2020

PHS 2021 EOI internship applications closed

12am (AEST) on Sunday 4 October 2020

As the Department is not responsible for recruitment activities under the program, your submitted application information will be forwarded to the participating private hospitals for the 2021 academic year, for recruitment and selection purposes as per the schedule in the table below.

The participating hospitals will then review eligibility and contact the eligible applicants they are interested in short listing for the recruitment process. The department is not involved in the recruitment process and we advise that you do not contact the hospital unless the hospital contacts you first.

KEY DATES

Activity

Proposed Key Dates

Validate eligible applicants list (Priority 1)
Department finalises EOI applications and consults with the National Intern Audit Manager (Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)) to identify applicants who have received a state/territory internship offer through rounds 1, 2 and 3 (these applicants are ineligible for the PHS)

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Distribute eligible applicants list (Priority 1)
Department sends eligible applicant list to PHS private hospitals

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Hospital recruitment planning period (Priority 1)
(no offers are made during this time, but participating hospitals can interview /shortlist applicants)

Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Friday 23 Oct 2020

Hospital recruitment period (offer period)
Please note that this period is relevant to Priority 1 candidates only.

If a PHS private hospital has vacancies after this period closes they may recruit from the Priority 1 list after first consulting with the Department. If vacancies remain after the Priority 1 candidate list has been utilised then private hospitals will be provided with the Priority 2 reserve list to consider eligible candidates to fill any vacant internship places. This is to ensure all places are filled.

Monday 26 October to Friday 20 November 2020

For PGY 2 and 3 funded places, The Department does not mandate eligibility criteria. The recruitment and employment arrangements for participating hospitals seeking to employ PGY2 and PGY3 junior doctors is determined by each hospital to meet their service need requirements. The Department has no role in recruitment activity. All PGY 2 and PGY3 doctors employed into funded places must complete at least one rural rotation annually.

Eligibility Requirements for PHS Internships

Priority One

Participating private hospitals must prioritise eligible international full-fee paying medical graduates from onshore Australian medical schools, referred to as ‘Priority One’ category into PHS PGY1 funded places.

Priority One category, applicants must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria at the time of application to be considered as an eligible candidate:

  • be a full-fee paying international student completing their medical degree during the current calendar year from an onshore medical school in Australia, having completed all of their medical degree in Australia (short-term elective rotations completed offshore will not exclude applicants provided rotations have university approval); and
  • have met the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes* (provisional registration as a medical practitioner cannot be obtained without meeting this standard); and
  • not be an Australian Citizen; and
  • commit to obtaining an appropriate visa to work in Australia during the internship year (refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for details).

*For 2020 only, this not mandatory at time of application, but must be met before 1 January 2021.

Priority Two

Should the PHS places not be filled with applicants from the Priority One category, private hospitals may recruit eligible applicants with Provisional Registration, referred to as ‘Priority Two’ category from the eligible candidates list. This category will only be considered when the list of Priority One eligible candidates is exhausted and there are vacant positions available.

Priority Two category, applicants must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • have Medical Board of Australia (MBA) provisional registration as a medical practitioner; and
  • have met the MBA English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes (provisional registration as a medical practitioner cannot be obtained without meeting this standard); and
  • commit to obtaining an appropriate visa to work in Australia during the internship year (refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for details).

COVID-19 update for PHS internship candidates

Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on medical education and training in 2020, the MBA English language Proficiency requirements, at the time of application will not be a mandatory requirement for 2020 only. Where it is possible for students to have met this requirement they are encouraged to do so. Candidates have the responsibility to ensure provisional registration requirements have been met to allow internship commencement in January 2021.

Ineligible for internship under the PHS

Applicants are NOT eligible for a placement under the PHS if they:

  • have already been offered and accepted an internship position from a state or territory for the next calendar year; and/or
  • cannot demonstrate that they have met the Medical Board of Australia English language requirements at the time of application for the PHS; (for Priority One candidates this is not mandatory at time of application for 2020, but must be met before 1 January 2021) and/or
  • do not meet all eligibility criteria set out for Priority One or Priority Two for PHS.

Funded Hospitals: 2020-2022

Private Hospitals funded to deliver the Private Hospital Stream from 2020-2022 are:

  • Mater Health Services North Queensland (delivering PGY1 places)
  • Mercy Health and Aged Care Central QLD - Friendly Society Hospital, Bundaberg; Mater Private Hospital, Bundaberg; Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bundaberg; Mackay Base Hospital, Mackay; Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Mackay (delivering PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 places)
  • MQ Health (Macquarie University Hospital) (delivering PGY1 places)
  • St John of God Ballarat Hospital – Grampians Intern Training Program (delivering PGY1 places)
  • Mater Hospital Sydney (delivering PGY1 places)
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney (delivering PGY1 places)
  • Ramsay Health Care WA (Joondalup) (delivering PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 places)
  • Greenslopes Private Hospital (delivering PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 places)
  • Calvary Health Care Riverina (delivering PGY2 places)

Applicants should not make direct contact with the above listed funded private hospitals. The Department sets both a recruitment and offer period, which provides enough time for funded private hospitals to contact eligible candidates of interest and to make offers of employment. This process aligns with the state and territory recruitment processes and the national audit process in which the Department participates.

COVID-19 update for funded hospitals

Communique 30 March 2020 Junior Doctor Training – Private Hospital Stream COVID-19 Update

Junior Doctor Training – Private Hospital Stream COVID-19 Update (PDF 425 KB)
Junior Doctor Training – Private Hospital Stream COVID-19 Update (Word 34 KB)

The Medical Board of Australia has published information on the changed rotation requirements for interns in 2020 due to COVID-19.

PHS private hospitals will be updated as new information emerges.

Further Information

Further enquiries should be directed to the [email protected] inbox.